This community that I proudly call home holds dear to its heart our
history with Abraham Lincoln and our love for the Mother Road.
our annual art and balloon fest, we have produced an annual festival
that has outlived many, many festivals in other areas.
But these things in all their wonder do not overshadow the
experience of the Logan County Fair.
Spending this past week at the fair, it was easy to see the great
sense of family that lives in this community as I watched sons and
daughters stand beside their mothers and fathers preparing their
animals for show.
I witnessed a teenage boy -- yes, a teenage boy -- showing
affection to his little sister: something that would be unthinkable
for many boys in private, let alone in public.
I've seen proud grandparents flitting around show arenas snapping
pictures of their grandkids, and I've watched friends trade belts
because one was broken, and basically what one girl had, she was
more than willing to share with someone else.
And I've seen love and respect for those who are gone but who
helped to make this fair what it is today.
On Friday at the open swine show, the audience and competitors
observed a moment of silence for friends of the fair who had left
this world in the last year. The silence spoke volumes about not
only who those people were, but also about who we are.
Last fall, Terry Steinhour lost his life in a farming accident.
It was a great loss for both Logan and Menard counties.
Steinhour was a Farm Bureau director in Menard County, served on
the Rural Water Commission of Menard County and on the Middletown
school board in Logan County for several years. He was beef
superintendent at the Logan County Fair as well as an exhibitor.
In addition Steinhour was president of the Middletown
Bi-Centennial Commission, president of Menard County Tourism
Council, a member of the Logan County Tourism Council and a member
of Greenview Christian Church.
Soon after Steinhour's death, Geoff Ladd of the Abraham Lincoln
Tourism Bureau of Logan County wrote in an article published in
Lincoln Daily News these words about Steinhour:
"What Terry always brought to the table was intelligence, common
sense and a great sense of humor. He had a passion for tourism. He
was a driving force behind the Stagecoach Inn restoration project in
Middletown and the obtaining of the subsequent Looking for Lincoln
wayside exhibit that was dedicated for the site on July 4, 2009."
Saturday morning at the open beef show, a plaque was presented to
the Steinhour family by the Logan County Fair. It read: "In grateful
appreciation to Terry Steinhour for many years of dedicated service
as an exhibitor, beef superintendent and a good friend of the Logan
County Fair." The plaque was accepted on behalf of the family by
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Although I am sorry to say I didn't know Steinhour personally,
the research I have done tells me that he would not want to be the
only one mentioned in this article, when there are so many to whom
the Logan County Fair was important who have gone before him.
Each year during the 4-H exhibits there are several awards that
are sponsored "in memory of." These awards generally are given out
in an exhibit category that had a special meaning to the life lost.
It seems only fitting that as Lincoln Daily News works to put
together a tribute to this year's fair, these people should be
remembered in that tribute:
Justin Burge --
top junior visual arts exhibit
Ross Conrady --
champion purebred barrow; champion purebred gilt; outstanding
junior swine exhibitor; outstanding senior swine exhibitor
Don Crane -- grand
champion barrow; grand champion gilt
Martin Dahmm --
top junior woodworking exhibit
Leola Donnan --
champion prior-year scramble goat
Belle Drake --
best heritage arts
Joe Gleason Sr. --
top junior fruit-vegetable exhibit
Rudy Lolling --
champion horse; horse halter showmanship, junior; horse
horsemanship/equitation, junior; miniature horse
-- pony, Western pleasure; yearling horse
-- champion chicken; Sewing & Textiles I construction
Chris McGlasson --
reserve champion AOB gilt
-- Cake Classic
Troy Miller --
outstanding beef exhibitor
Troy Powell --
champion shorthorn steer
Carl Schwantz --
champion junior beef carcass
David Steffens --
calf scramble champion
Randy Westen --
grand champion steer
Donald Wilson --
champion Duroc gilt; reserve champion spot gilt
Ruth Ellen Wurth -- best non-original
(Special thanks to Patty Huffer and Amy Hyde of the Logan County
Extension office for providing this list.)
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